FLINT, Mich., Feb. 28, 2011 The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the recovery of firearms and/or the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for the Feb. 27 break-in and theft of 15 firearms from Parrott's Outpost, a Federal Firearms Licensee located in Onaway.
"The theft of firearms from licensed gun dealers is a top priority for ATF," said Thomas Brandon, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the ATF Detroit Field Division. "Our experience shows us that these guns quickly become used in violent crimes. We also know that tips from the public have resulted in the recovery of stolen firearms."
Chief James Gibson, Onaway Police Department said, "We are hoping that if anyone has information that could lead to the recovery of these firearms or those responsible for the theft come forward. This is a crime that we take very seriously and will pursue those responsible."
ATF and the Onaway Police Department are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the individuals responsible. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Onaway Police Department at 989-733-7755, Presque Isle County Central Dispatch at 989-734-2156 or the ATF Flint Field office at 810-341-5710. Callers may also call ATF at 1-800 ATF-GUNS (1-800-283-4867) or text their tip to 274637 (CRIMES) with "ATF" in the body of the text.
For more information on ATF, go to www.atf.gov.
CONTACT: Special Agent Donald Dawkins, Public Information Officer, ATF, +1-313-407-6018
SOURCE Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives